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November 8, 2012

Tedford calls wounded all game-time decisions



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BERKELEY -- With eight players still dealing with injury - quarterback Zach Maynard (knee), wide receiver Keenan Allen (knee), defensive end Keni Kaufusi (kneecap), linebacker J.P. Hurrell (concussion), inside linebacker Jalen Jefferson (concussion), cornerback Marc Anthony (knee), offensive lineman Matt Summers-Gavin (knee) and defensive tackle Kendrick Payne[/d] (finger) - California head coach Jeff Tedford said that the vast majority of those players - save for really Allen - will be game-time decisions for Saturday's tilt with No. 2 Oregon.

"All the injuries are game-time decisions," Tedford said. "Most of them pretty much are that, guys who have practiced some. [Maynard] has not practiced."

The senior starting quarterback will "most likely" give way to No. 2 signal-caller Allan Bridgford, who has been taking all of the first-team snaps all week, while Maynard has looked on, limping heavily, though not requiring a knee brace.

"He's gotten better each and every day, but we didn't want to irritate it again today," Tedford said. "He's gotten better each and every day ... Most likely, if he's ready to play, he'll be there for a backup type of role, but again, we've just got to see how much he progresses over the next two days."

As for Bridgford, Tedford has been complimentary of his redshirt junior's preparation and focus on the game, as well as his aptitude in the classroom.

"He's done fine. He's doing fine," Tedford said. "He always does a really nice job of preparing and keeping his head into it. He's a student of the game and prepares really well."

Tedford also said that Allen will not play this week, and that even with this likely being his last home game in a Cal uniform before heading to the NFL, there will not be any recognition of the program's all-time receptions leader, because, as Tedford said, he is not a senior, and this will be Senior Day. Tedford will also not push Allen to play before he's ready, even if that means missing the season finale at Oregon State.

"He looks like he's walking really well, but receivers, there's just so much running and so much weight is beared on that leg, so it really depends on how he feels," Tedford said. "We're not going to put him in any danger of trying to do something before he's ready to do it, where he can injure himself or worse."

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